KARACHI: Sindh High Court (SHC) on Monday sought comments from provincial secretary transport, secretary excise and taxation department and secretary regional transport authority on a petition calling for route permits to ply Qingqi rickshaws in the city.
The petitioner, Association for Welfare of Owners of Qingqi Rickshaws moved the court, submitting that a private firm had introduced motorcycle rickshaws in Punjab province in 2000 and after the permission of provincial transport authority, Sindh, rickshaws were also allowed in Sindh province later in 2002.
Association’s president Atif said that motorcycle rickshaws, which facilitated low income people, are operated on link roads where no other transport facility was available. He said that traffic police was creating hurdles in their business on the instances of powerful transport mafia. Besides, police also caused harassment to owners of the rickshaws, he added.
Provincial transport authorities have issued some route permits to rickshaw owners in the interior of the province and owners of Qingqi rickshaws also wanted the same to play their vehicles in the city peacefully, the petitioner said.
They asked the court to direct provincial transport authorities to issue route permits. After hearing initial arguments, a division bench headed by Justice Irfan Saddat Khan issued notice to respondents and provincial law officer.
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